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Iowa back in top 10 of healthiest states

Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Iowa is back in the top 10 of healthiest states, according to a report released Monday.

The annual "America's Health Rankings" puts Iowa at 10th, up from 11th in 2004.

The report was issued by United Health Foundation with the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention.

Some of the state's strengths include a low percentage of residents without health insurance and the high rate of immunization.

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The report cited Iowa's rate of uninsured at 9.5 percent in 2004, second among states and a decline from 2003 when the rate was 11.3 percent.

Tom Eckstein of Arundel Street Consulting, which tabulates the report, said U.S. Census Bureau data was used to derive numbers of Iowans without health insurance.

According to the report, immunization rates of children aged 19 to 35 months increased from 81.1 percent to 86.1 percent.

Other strengths cited include the rate of motor vehicle deaths, which declined by 54 percent since 1990.

Iowa ranked last of all states in public health care spending per person, at $59.

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